Rock and Roll: The 100 Best Singles

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By turns harrowing and hilarious, this adroitly narrated winner of the Toronto Book Award re-creates the world in the imagination of Thelma. It's a world in which she can escape some of her more painful childhood realities, like those games her father likes to make her play, where he's the boss and she the naughty secretary. And her mother so fiercely favors her younger brother, the cherubic Willy, that Thelma finds herself perpetually in emotional exile. No wonder Thelma asks practically every adult she meets to...
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Overview

By turns harrowing and hilarious, this adroitly narrated winner of the Toronto Book Award re-creates the world in the imagination of Thelma. It's a world in which she can escape some of her more painful childhood realities, like those games her father likes to make her play, where he's the boss and she the naughty secretary. And her mother so fiercely favors her younger brother, the cherubic Willy, that Thelma finds herself perpetually in emotional exile. No wonder Thelma asks practically every adult she meets to adopt her. Along Thelma's bumpy way from a rural English village to Canada to a law degree at Oxford, she meets many potential parents and even makes some friends, but it is with the companions of her fertile imagination—with the scaredy-baby Janawee, moody and timid Ginniger, and big, strong, stoic Heroin—that Thelma finds comfort. With them, too, she loses an already tenuous connection to reality, though ultimately Thelma's spirit and humor prove to be as indomitable as her wit. "Moving and comic at once.... Hallucinatory, hilarious, and haunting."—Boston Globe "Prickly, unsentimental...a portrait of terrible comic humanity."—New York Times Book Review "Mesmerizing.... Lush, visceral prose ... rings with an authority rarely found in first novels."—Washington Post Book World "A novel of astonishing power .... An instantaneous classic."—Baltimore Sun "Elegant ... sings with an almost Victorian delicacy and sophistication."—San Francisco Chronicle
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Library Journal
Williams, the former editor of the seminal rock magazine Crawdaddy! , offers his choices for the best 100 rock'n'roll singles. Basing his selections on emotional impact rather than chart position or historical significance, he picks songs from Robert Johnson's 1937 hit ``Terraplane Blues'' to Neil Young's ``Rockin' in the Free World'' (1989). Except for a few surprising picks like Anita Ward's ``Ring My Bell'' (1979), Williams generally includes well-known songs by such recognizable rockers as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Prince, the Sex Pistols, and Bob Dylan. He devotes equal space to the four decades of rock. Writing in a breezy, journalistic style, the author provides general readers with a solid consumer guide to the best in rock singles. For public libraries.-- David Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780934558365
  • Publisher: Entwhistle Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/1993
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 13
Author's Note 17
1. Terraplane Blues (1937) Robert Johnson 19
2. Rolling Stone (1950) Muddy Waters 21
3. Tutti-Frutti (1955) Little Richard 23
4. Heartbreak Hotel (1956) Elvis Presley 25
5. Fever (1956) Little Willie John 27
6. In the Still of the Nite (1956) The Five Satins 29
7. Mona (1957) Bo Diddley 31
8. Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On (1957) Jerry Lee Lewis 33
9. Peggy Sue (1957) Buddy Holly 35
10. At the Hop (1957) Danny and the Juniors 37
11. Johnny B. Goode (1958) Chuck Berry 39
12. All I Have to Do Is Dream (1958) The Everly Brothers 41
13. I've Had It (1959) The Bell Notes 43
14. Crossfire (1959) Johnny and the Hurricanes 45
15. Memphis, Tennessee (1959) Chuck Berry 47
16. Runaway (1961) Del Shannon 49
17. Stand By Me (1961) Ben E. King 51
18. I'll Try Something New (1962) The Miracles 53
19. You Belong to Me (1962) The Duprees 55
20. Please Please Me (1963) The Beatles 57
21. Sally Go 'Round the Roses (1963) The Jaynetts 59
22. Louie Louie (1963) The Kingsmen 61
23. Fun, Fun, Fun (1964) The Beach Boys 63
24. I Get Around/Don't Worry Baby (1964) The Beach Boys 65
25. Dancing in the Street (1964) Martha and the Vandellas 67
26. You Really Got Me (1964) The Kinks 69
27. Baby Please Don't Go/Gloria (1964) Them 71
28. A Change Is Gonna Come (1964) Sam Cooke 73
29. I Can't Explain (1965) The Who 75
30. The Last Time (1965) The Rolling Stones 77
31. Subterranean Homesick Blues (1965) Bob Dylan 79
32. Ticket to Ride (1965) The Beatles 81
33. Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) The Byrds 83
34. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1965) The Rolling Stones 85
35. In the Midnight Hour (1965) Wilson Pickett 87
36. Like A Rolling Stone (1965) Bob Dylan 89
37. Day Tripper (1965) The Beatles 91
38. Going to A Go-Go (1965) The Miracles 93
39. Oh How Happy (1966) Shades of Blue 95
40. River Deep, Mountain High (1966) Ike and Tina Turner 97
41. Reach Out I'll Be There (1966) The Four Tops 100
42. Knock on Wood (1966) Eddie Floyd 103
43. Good Vibrations (1966) The Beach Boys 105
44. Gimme Some Lovin' (1966) The Spencer Davis Group 107
45. For What It's Worth (1967) Buffalo Springfield 109
46. I Never Loved A Man (1967) Aretha Franklin 111
47. The Love I Saw in You Was Just A Mirage (1967) Smokey Robinson and the Miracles 113
48. Waterloo Sunset (1967) The Kinks 115
49. The Crystal Ship (1967) The Doors 118
50. Heroes and Villains (1967) The Beach Boys 120
51. Brown Eyed Girl (1967) Van Morrison 122
52. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher (1967) Jackie Wilson 124
53. I Can See for Miles (1967) The Who 126
54. (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay (1968) Otis Redding 128
55. Magic Bus (1968) The Who 131
56. All Along the Watchtower (1968) Jimi Hendrix Experience 133
57. Dark Star (1968) Grateful Dead 135
58. Hey Jude (1968) The Beatles 137
59. I Heard It Through the Grapevine (1968) Marvin Gaye 139
60. Honky Tonk Women/You Can't Always Get What You Want (1969) The Rolling Stones 141
61. Green River (1969) Creedence Clearwater Revival 143
62. Foggy Notion (1969) Velvet Underground 145
63. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again) (1969) Sly and the Family Stone 148
64. Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine (Part 1) (1970) James Brown 150
65. Drowning in the Sea of Love (1971) Joe Simon 153
66. All Down the Line (1972) The Rolling Stones 155
67. Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1973) Bob Dylan 157
68. You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (1974) Bachman-Turner Overdrive 159
69. No Woman, No Cry (1975) Bob Marley and the Wailers 161
70. Hurricane (1975) Bob Dylan 163
71. Gloria (1976) Patti Smith Group 165
72. Anarchy in the U.K. (1976) The Sex Pistols 168
73. Marquee Moon (1977) Television 171
74. Handy Man (1977) James Taylor 173
75. Roadrunner (1977) Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers 175
76. Holidays in the Sun (1977) The Sex Pistols 177
77. We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions (1977) Queen 179
78. Another Girl, Another Planet (1978) The Only Ones 182
79. Take Me to the River (1978) Talking Heads 184
80. Sultans of Swing (1979) Dire Straits 186
81. Ring My Bell (1979) Anita Ward 188
82. Funkytown (1980) Lipps, Inc. 191
83. Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980) Joy Division 194
84. Walking on Thin Ice (1981) Yoko Ono 196
85. Radio Free Europe (1981) R.E.M. 199
86. When You Were Mine (1981) Prince 201
87. The Message (1982) Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five 204
88. I Melt with You (1982) Modern English 207
89. New Year's Day (1983) U2 210
90. Atomic Dog (1983) George Clinton 212
91. Middle of the Road (1983) The Pretenders 214
92. When Doves Cry (1984) Prince 216
93. Pride (In the Name of Love) (1984) U2 218
94. Shout (1984) Tears for Fears 221
95. Fall Down (1985) Tramaine 223
96. Sledgehammer (1986) Peter Gabriel 225
97. The One I Love (1987) R.E.M. 227
98. Fisherman's Blues (1988) The Waterboys 230
99. Rockin' in the Free World (1989) Neil Young 232
100. Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991) Nirvana 234
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